JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia, Seeking to Bolster its Influence, Steps Up Intervention in Libyan Conflict” – CNSNews/ Dimitri Simes

U.S. Africa Command Screenshot from Defense Department Video of Russian Fighter Jet in Flight

“Russia is reportedly stepping up … involvement in the Libyan civil war … in recent years … a heated proxy conflict drawing in numerous foreign players … [with] a range of motives. … U.S. Africa Command issued a statement, … with satellite imagery, accusing Russia of deploying 14 fighter jets to Libya in support of the Wagner Group, a Russian private military contracting agency believed to have close links with the Kremlin. [According to the Commander of United States Africa Command, Gen. Stephen J. Townsend:] ‘Russia is clearly trying to tip the scales in its favor in Libya … File Photo of Ancient Roman Arch in Libya Framing Minaret and Palm Trees, adapted from image at cia.govJust like I saw them doing in Syria, they are expanding their military footprint in Africa using government-supported mercenary groups …. For too long, Russia has denied the full extent of its involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict ….'”

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Adaptation of U.S. African Command Image of Russian Jets on the Ground in Libya, with Labels Regarding Nature or Type of Jet

[images of Libyan petroleum facility and local architecture are file photos]